The film Harka in preview at the IMA on October 31

Harka in theaters from November 2. This first feature film by Lotfy Nathan received the Best Actor Award at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.

This is the story of Ali, a young Tunisian man who leads a lonely existence selling contraband gasoline on the black market of Sidi Bouzid, in central Tunisia. When his father dies, he must take care of his two younger sisters, abandoned to their fate in a house from which they will soon be expelled. Faced with this sudden responsibility and the injustices he faces, Ali becomes angry and, like young people his age, wakes up to rebel. A generation that, after more than ten years of the revolution, continues trying to be heard without success.

Screenplay by Lotfy Nathan. The casting is carried out by Adam Bessa in the title role, by Ikbal Harbi, Najib Allagui, Salima Maatoug. It is a co-production between France, Luxembourg, Tunisia, Belgium and the United States.

Adam Bessa impressive in the title role

Lotfy Nathan is an Egyptian-born American director, screenwriter, and producer. In 2013 he received HBO’s Emerging Artist Award for his documentary 12 o’clock boysselected in more than 50 festivals including Sundance. hark is his first fiction feature film, it was screened in the Un Certain Regard Section at the last Cannes Festival.

The story is an uncompromising approach to the evils plaguing Tunisian society plagued by endemic corruption. Every can of smuggled gasoline sold, the few dinars obtained are swindled with the police that Ali has to deal with in order to continue his small business and feed his family.

Faced with this responsibility and lack of resources, Ali is forced to multiply schemes to protect his two sisters. With no future, no hope of a better life, Ali, like many young people his age, only dreams of escaping, through the “Harka”. This word in Arabic means a clandestine crossing operation, to reach the northern shores of the Mediterranean. The Arab Spring is just a vague memory with no impact on the young man’s life.

The feature film received high praise when it was screened in the Un Certain Regard section. As for Adam Bessa, a young Tunisian actor, impressive in the title role, he was awarded the Best Male Role Award at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. A well-deserved distinction according to the unanimous opinion of the critics.

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